"For Alyosha there was no question of why they loved him so much, why they prostrated before him and wept so tenderly just at the sight of his face. Oh, how well he understood that for the humble soul of the simple Russian, worn out by toil and grief, and, above all, by everlasting injustice and everlasting sin, his own and the world's, there is no stronger need and consolation than to find some holy thing or person, to fall down before him and venerate him: "Though with us there is sin, unrighteousness, and temptation, still, all the same, there is on earth, in such and such a place, somewhere, someone holy and exalted; he has the truth; he knows the truth; so the truth does not die on earth, and therefore someday it will come to us and will reign over all the earth, as has been promised."*
Can't wait to dive into the rest, it is going to be a good summer.
* Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky. The Brothers Karamazov: A Novel in Four Parts with Epilogue. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1990. (30)